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How the Bayeux Tapestry had Twitter in stitches

19 January 2018

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News that the Bayeux Tapestry may leave French shores for the first time in 950 years to travel to the UK has been greeted with much excitement. Indeed, no sooner had the story broken than social media was alive with theories, rants and speculation as to the proposed loan.

While some people offered suggestions as to where the tapestry should be exhibited in Britain…

…more pedantic voices reminded us that we shouldn’t be talking about a ‘tapestry’ at all:

Given the UK’s current relationship with the European Union, many people were quick to point out the historical irony of President Macron’s generous offer:

There were some creative suggestions for a reciprocal loan…

And inevitably, some truly terrible puns…

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